11 Apr 2013 Isaac Mathole – Elephant Manager
Age: born in 1979
Family and background: I have a wife and two children (son and daughter). I started working with elephants in 2002 here at Camp Jabulani. I worked with different managers as an elephant handler, and enjoyed my work every day. I like the elephants more than everything, and learned a lot from Rorry Nesman and the head grooms.
Favourite part of the job: I enjoy the training of the elephants every morning, walking with them while they are feeding, elephant back safaris (especially night walks) and tracking with Somapani and Jabulani. I also like interacting with the young elephants and enjoy observing their behavior.
Favourite Elephants, and why:
Jabulani– He’s reliable, intelligent and a fast learner.
Bubi– She’s very calm and quiet. She sometimes seems nervous, but she’s great.
Somapani– He’s intelligent and a good tracker.
Sebakwe– He’s the Amarula star and was very patient during filming.
Lundi– She has a good personality and is relaxed.
Working with the elephants at Camp Jabulani is a life changing experience. I learn and grow everyday, hence today I’m the manager and I thank God.